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Integrated Behavioral Health Partnership with Bon Secours Continues to Grow

Did you know? In October of 2014 we piloted a new integrated behavioral health model with Bon Secours Richmond Health System to help children and teenagers (along with their families) who struggle with mental illness. The model is designed to bridge the gap between childrens’ medical needs and their mental health needs. One year later, UMFS clinicians and staff are currently collaborating with Bon Secours practitioners in four different locations in Central Virginia including St. Mary’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty clinics, Lee-Davis, and Laburnum Medical Centers and Cross Ridge Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.

UMFS and Bon Secours staff are combining knowledge and resources, allowing the partnership to have a greater impact on the children and families it serves. By identifying early warning signs and partnering medical staff and clinicians together to provide resources and interventions, the end result is better overall health and well-being for those we serve.

Recently, UMFS behavioral health clinician Kristi Martin participated in a training for Bon Secours’ Nurse Residency program at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. Kristi presented on the vast community mental health resources available in Richmond and surrounding areas with the goal of helping the nurses and physicians better understand how to use them in treatment.

One nurse commented, “I had no idea some of these resources were out there–knowing this makes me feel much more confident in advising the families we serve about where to go for support.”

More information about our partnership with Bon Secours is available on our website here.